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    Quote Originally Posted by XR500 View Post
    Takes me 1 hour 20min to fill the 2000L tank at Gull, cause they permit one fill going to $200 before its: put nozzle back in slot-go get receipt enter credit card go get nozzle start filling , rinse and repeat!-.

    Waitomo machines are still stuck on the $150 limit which is now a serious inconvenience!
    The $150 limit is the default maximum on waiting terminals. If you key in your own max, itíll go over $150. Did it last night, keyed in $200, which got the tank pretty much full.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 257weatherby View Post
    Mckeown fuel pumps in Fairlie too. Bp is outrageous, stay away!
    Bp was always the favorite of the AA , dunno why down here they were always the first to raise.

    Mckeown seems to be the most consistent here with three sites .
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    Close to $400 to fill the Landcruiser, it lasts about 8 days around town.

    30 odd years ago there was a Shell service station in Blenheim Road Ch-Ch that closed, the building is still there and is used for a Mechanical workshop.
    Shell spent thousands trying to track down fuel losses on the site, testing tanks and lines, checking the fuel pumps weren't over delivering, theft etc.
    When they abandoned the site and removed the tanks etc an additional suction line was pulled up which went under the back fence into the neighbours property, attached to the other side of the fence was a semi rotary hand pump with 3m of hose.
    Turned out years before it closed a plumber lived over the fence and whilst it was under a tank upgrade he snuck out and teed into a suction line and quickly buried it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 300winmag View Post
    Close to $400 to fill the Landcruiser, it lasts about 8 days around town.

    30 odd years ago there was a Shell service station in Blenheim Road Ch-Ch that closed, the building is still there and is used for a Mechanical workshop.
    Shell spent thousands trying to track down fuel losses on the site, testing tanks and lines, checking the fuel pumps weren't over delivering, theft etc.
    When they abandoned the site and removed the tanks etc an additional suction line was pulled up which went under the back fence into the neighbours property, attached to the other side of the fence was a semi rotary hand pump with 3m of hose.
    Turned out years before it closed a plumber lived over the fence and whilst it was under a tank upgrade he snuck out and teed into a suction line and quickly buried it.
    Would have been pissed off when it closed...

    I can't quite work out why no one has built a replacement diff head that contains an electric motor/generator - you could replace the diff head in your ute with that add a hybrid type battery pack under the body and not only would you then have an assist motor for slow speeds and towing which would reduce a lot of wear and tear on starting off with heavy trailers - it would make a bloody handy electromagnetic retarder on downhills when towing. On a modern common rail it would be good for a 2-3L/100Km fuel saving I reckon...

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    Got dragged over to New Plymouth on Monday by my son to collect a 1.8T Dear John wide area mower. A short 13hr day.. Took my Ranger and he hired a big tandem car trailer. The mower juuust fitted on the trailer after removing two dolly wheels off the side decks. Anyway, enjoyed a solid 2.5hrs heading back fully into a head wind, averaged 18.3 l/100k consumption. Once we were out of the wind and cut inland, big improvement, got down to 12.7 l for the final two hours in the dark. I think the final gas bill was about $400 incl RUCs.

    My son was going to take his '99 Expedition and I'd guess the bill would have been double that.
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    That's the thing with diesels, cost doesn't go up that much with the increase in fuel consumption. Petrol going up from 8.5l/100 to 18l or more like it can with a bigger petrol towing is just cost prohibative. Mate's big V8 petrol used to get up to 35l/100Km on the napier-taupo, on 96 too. Around $115 every 100km... Ouch!

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    Yeah, it seems that diesel economy can be counter intuitive when asking a ute sized wagon to haul heavy loads. Happens all the time in the Aussie outback. Take a 2.5T Landcruiser, put 1T worth of kit on it, then haul a 2T trailer/camper and be sucking 30-35L/100km. Put all that weight into a 5 Tonne Unimog with a 5.9L turbo intercooled donk and find it returning 25-30L/100km

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    Quote Originally Posted by 300winmag View Post
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    30 odd years ago there was a Shell service station in Blenheim Road Ch-Ch ..
    Shell spent thousands trying to track down fuel losses on the site,... an additional suction line was pulled up which went under the back fence into the neighbours property, attached to the other side of the fence was a semi rotary hand pump with 3m of hose..

    Here's what my mate down there had to say about it. He was in fuel distrib'n:

    That would be the corner of Middleton Rd and Blenheim Road. Was a Shell servo opposite as well. That would help explain why they said it was ‘uneconomic’ to keep them open. The one on the other side has been a car yard for many years. I guess opportunity and ability are always incentives to be creative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XR500 View Post
    Yeah, it seems that diesel economy can be counter intuitive when asking a ute sized wagon to haul heavy loads. Happens all the time in the Aussie outback. Take a 2.5T Landcruiser, put 1T worth of kit on it, then haul a 2T trailer/camper and be sucking 30-35L/100km. Put all that weight into a 5 Tonne Unimog with a 5.9L turbo intercooled donk and find it returning 25-30L/100km
    A mate has the 4 door v8 landcruiser towing his horse float around the south island with two Clydesdales in the back.
    Fully loaded ute and getting 18l per hundy.
    That was the average for the whole trip .

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    I'd be pretty happy with that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by andyanimal31 View Post
    A mate has the 4 door v8 landcruiser towing his horse float around the south island with two Clydesdales in the back.
    Fully loaded ute and getting 18l per hundy.
    That was the average for the whole trip .

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    I tow pretty much all winter with my 200 series. My average fuel consumption for the last financial year was 14.7 litres/100km. Thatís about 40% Highway, 40% gravel logging/country roads and 20% proper off road. Running 34 inch mud tyres, tuned with a 3 inch exhaust. A huge part of that is how you drive them. Theyíre not as thirsty as people think, given the work mine does anyway. Still makes the eyes water when it costs $300 odd to fill up at least once a week


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    My daily work hack is a Late model VX Ltd 4.5 ltr V8, it has a 138 ltr fuel tank. Generally run it from full until the fuel warning light comes on, then look for a gas station, preferably Mobil as I have a Super Card which gives you 16 cents off per litre, only problem is the price of diesel can vary that much from one end of the street to the other in Auckland.
    As for a work hack they are bloody comfortable vehicle and have a heap of snot. I don't tow a lot in it, have just clicked over 100k in 3.5 years so it will see me through until I check out.

    Up until recently I never use to worry about fuel costs but now we pay a little more attention to it.
    When the guys get the mini tanker in to fill the excavators and other equipment on our construction sites we get them to fill the utes as well, it's generally well below gas station pump prices.

    Should have installed a 50kl tank in our yard 2 years ago and filled it, it would have outperformed any sharemarket investment.
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    Or become contaminated with diesel bug...

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    Few years back we were doing a job where we had to renew some underground diesel tanks, we had to remove the diesel and temporarily store it and put it back into the new tanks after they were installed. Some bright spark of an engineer thought it would be good to take a sample of the fuel for diesel but, got us to take the sample and sent it away to the lab, result came back all clear with a comment that there diesel was the old high sulphur type. The client was turning a little green and decided that it would be better for them to pay us to dispose of it and fill the tanks with new diesel. We clipped the ticket both ways and ended up with a shitload of the stuff, our modern diesels seemed to run on it ok.

    Diesel bug is easily controlled, it loves moisture, there’s many ways to keep it out of your storage system.
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    Yeah, one way they do it locally is turning over the entire tank every 2 or 3 days. That way it gets sold to become someone elses problem I think - very weird how no one from the companies gets back to you when you query it!

 

 

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